The Dog Obedience Club was in the Jacaranda Festival. As they walked past, they caused quite a stir, for there was a Dog that looked like a miniature Lion! Had this Dog been shaved which is a new fad at the moment, or had they bought something the same colour as the Dog and put around his neck so he looked like a Lion.
I really don't know! I will let you be the judge.
The city of Grafton is a bit of a hot spot!
During the months of November, December, January & February, temperatures have reached from 42° to 43.8° These are the records for those months. Even so, it is only in July where the temperature is lower than 30°. Most of the time it is a little cooler than these temperatures, but still quite warm to hot.
As you can do a lot of walking around the town by following the Heritage routes, you need to wear a hat, use sunscreen, wear comfortable walking shoes, and take WATER WITH YOU.
Situated around the city centre are water stations where you can refill your bottle and have a drink of water for free. No need to buy another bottle of water.
I love it when we drive over the River bridge into Grafton! The mighty Clarence River is what we pass over, a very wide river that sometimes floods Grafton. Views of the River are quite good from the bridge.
When crossing this Bridge, I bet you don't realize that it is two tiers high, cars are on the top level and two railway lines are on the lower level. The Sydney to Brisbane trains [passenger & freight] use this line.
It was 1915 when construction of the railway bridge with a pedestrian footway was suggested and approved. The Bridge wasn't built then, a lot of time passed before it was decided to build a bridge for vehicles as well as Trains, with two pedestrian footways. This still wasn't the final plan, a decision was made to provide a bascule span for shipping. The bridge was approved and was quite unique in the Southern Hemisphere because of its provision for trains, vehicles, ships and pedestrians.
Eventually the bridge was opened on 19th July 1932, by the Governor-General, Sir Isaac Isaacs.
At the time it was the second largest built in Australia next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, also opened in 1932.
Roches Family Hotel is but one of a number of fine old hotels in Grafton. Dating from 1869 its new facade is reminiscent of English hotels with hanging baskets of geraniums adding much colour to the exterior.
As you can also see in the next two pictures, they haven't been tardy in dressing up the rest of the establishment with a boating theme, such being once the lifeblood of the town.
It's a two star pub with 19 rooms to stay in and it's located at 85 Victoria Street.